Campus and Developments

The main Heriot's campus is a single site of some 10.5 acres in area, encompassing attractive lawns and gardens, playground spaces, and buildings to accommodate the Nursery, Junior School, Senior School and After School Club.

Heriot's Main Building April 2011

 

The centerpiece is the historic and architecturally important Old Building, in which the original Heriot's Hospital was housed. This continues to be used for teaching on a day to day basis by a number of Junior School classes and the Senior School's English, Mathematics and Modern Languages Departments. The rest of the campus consists of a range of separate buildings set around a large playground, providing the facilities required for the delivery of the curriculum, as well as the necessary support functions (Catering, Administration, Finance, Support Services etc). The overall appearance and atmosphere of the campus reflects Heriot's strong sense of history, but modern additions in the shape of the Nursery, Early and Middle Primary buildings and an ongoing programme of internal refurbishments and upgrading, including extensive investment in IT, have kept Heriot's facilities up to date with the demands of the modern curriculum.

Adjoining the main campus, by a new covered link bridge that opened in January 2011, is the recently acquired Grassmarket Campus, formerly part of the Art College. The purpose of this acquisition was not to expand pupil numbers, but to provide Heriot's with the additional space necessary to enable development of the estate with an eye to new specialist facilities, such as those for PE and Music, enhancement of existing facilities and more rational and flexible use of the whole school site.